LINGUIST List 10.278

Sat Feb 20 1999

Books: Avail for review: Acoustic Phonetics

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Message 1: Avail for review: Acoustic Phonetics

Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 15:51:03 -0500 (EST)
From: Andrew Carnie <>
Subject: Avail for review: Acoustic Phonetics

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Stevens, Kenneth (1999) Acoustic Phonetics. MIT Press: Cambridge.

This work presents a theory of speech-sound generation in the human
vocal system. The comprehensive acoustic theory serves as one basis for
defining categories of speech sounds used to form distinctions between
words in languages. The author begins with a review of the anatomy and
physiology of speech production, then covers source mechanisms, the
vocal tract as an acoustic filter, relevant aspects of auditory
psychophysics and physiology, and phonological representations. In the
remaining chapters he presents an examination of vowels, consonants,
and the influence of context on speech sound production. Although he
focuses mainly on the sounds of English, he touches briefly on sounds
in other languages.

The book will serve as a reference for speech scientists, speech
pathologists, linguists interested in phonetics and phonology,
psychologists interested in speech perception and production, and
engineers concerned with speech processing applications.
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